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Lights on the Pond to kick off in Letcher County

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Published: Nov. 29, 2021 at 1:45 PM EST
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LETCHER COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The people of Letcher County will soon have a free attraction to get in the holiday spirit.

Lights on the Pond opens on December 1st and will be open until December 25th at Fishpond Lake in Jenkins.

The event gives Eastern Kentuckians another option for drive-thru Christmas lights.

Letcher County Tourism Director Clay Christian said with it being a first-time event, they want to improve next years with a grant given to Fishpond Lake.

“Part of that money is going to go to making sure we have power all the way around the lake. For many reasons but we’re going to put some more camping spots in,” he said. “Also, next year we’ll be able to have more lights on the backhand side.”

The Mayor of Jenkins, Todd Depriest, said they want to save people a drive to Bristol.

“It could be a little circuit. You could drive to Jenkins and go through Fishpond and then go to Prestonsburg or Kingdom Come,” he said. “Get out to where you can see the lights.”

He adds they chose Fishpond Lake for its unique loop.

“So, it’s just a good location. It’s in the woods, it’s sort of picture-esque already,” Depriest said. “You’ve got the lake as a backdrop and the lights sometimes reflect off the lake. Just a good location for it.”

Christian said the community response has been great.

“Tourism has been getting phone calls after we’ve posted this. It got a huge response on Facebook,” he said. “We’ve got calls from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, people coming down to visit the family and asking about how to come up here.”

Tourism officials said they are already finding new ways to improve the event for next year.

“Build some lights that will actually float on the lake. I mean, the event is called “Lights on the Pond.” So, next year hopefully we’ll have those constructed,” Christian said. “It’ll be trees and little scenes floating out on the lake as well.”

Christian added the event was made possible through many partnerships including 103.9 W-X-K-Q.

“They play Christmas music everyday starting after Thanksgiving through the end of December,” he said. “So, we’ve asked people when they’re coming up here and driving around, tune into their radio station. Listen to Christmas music and kind of set the mood.”

Depriest said it will be something new for the county and will help out tourism.

“I really feel we need to build our tourism from here out. We need the folks in Letcher County, talking about what they experience here,” he said. “They could be our best ambassadors for other people to come to the area.”

On Saturdays, those with the event are offering a photo opportunity with Santa, a live nativity scene and free hot chocolate for kids.

Though the event is free, event leaders said donations are appreciated.

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